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Letters To The Editor - Page 81

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Katz: Our Own Rick Hulse Derailed Tourism Assistance

Katz: Our Own Rick Hulse Derailed Tourism Assistance Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 11-12, 2014 To the Editor: In the county budget vote of Wednesday, Dec. 3, a bipartisan group of Ed Lentz, Beth Rosenthal, Gary Koutnik, Linda Rowinski, Kay Stuligross, Craig Gelbsman and Janet Quackenbush voted to return $150,000 in bed tax revenues to the municipalities that generate it. They recognized, unlike our own Town of Otsego/Village of Cooperstown representative Rick Hulse, that the town and city of Oneonta, Town…

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48 Units Too Intense For Silver Creek

48 Units Too Intense For Silver Creek Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 4-5, 2014 To the Editor: I am very concerned about Housing Visions’ planned development of the Silver Creek properties. I’ve always favored reasonable development of this area, but I have serious misgivings about the construction of 48 housing units there. First, I worry about the stability of the hillside. Can it physically support this much construction? We know what heavy construction of the Wilber Park Apartments did to that…

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Why Did Leaf Pickup Break Down This Fall?

Why Did Leaf Pickup Break Down This Fall? Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 4-5, 2014 To the Editor: In talking with friends and neighbors this fall, every one of them commented on what a poor job the village has done in picking up leaves this year. Comments ranged from “just plain terrible; very disorganized” to “it was poorly managed and haphazard!” At three homes across the street from my house there were five piles of leaves that just sat there for…

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Oneonta, Cooperstown County Reps Should Support Sharing Bed-Tax Revenue

Oneonta, Cooperstown County Reps Should Support Sharing Bed-Tax Revenue Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 4-5, 2014 To the Editor: Thank you to your newspapers for the repeated suggestion that the county Board of Representatives should reform the occupancy or “bed tax.” It is inexplicable that the board seems set on ignoring this commonsense appeal, including several representatives whose own districts will suffer greatly. Tourism is one of the primary industries of our County and is led by Cooperstown, the city and…

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Thanksgiving and Hospice: Blessings Abound

Thanksgiving and Hospice: Blessings Abound Edition of Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014 Editor’s Note: Lola Rathbone is president/CEO of the Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care. Thanksgiving is about family, traditions and a time to be thankful for life’s blessings. Hospice, too, is about family, traditions and a time to be thankful for life’s blessings. Thanksgiving comes once a year. Every day we are privileged to offer a wide variety of “Thanksgivings” to our Hospice families. Personally, one of my most…

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Highway Crew In Near-Poverty As Town Officials Get Raises

Highway Crew In Near-Poverty As Town Officials Get Raises Edition of Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014 To the Editor: Now is the time of year when towns approve their annual budgets for the coming year, and Town of Otsego residents should be aware of what was approved on Nov. 12. Raises have been awarded to some elected officials and part-time administrative employees, yet our hard-working, full-time, highway crew starts at a very low hourly wage, which has cost the town some…

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Left Alone, Yanks, Ukrainians Friends

Left Alone, Yanks, Ukrainians Friends Edition of Thursday-Friday Oct. 9-10 To the Editor, With all that is going on in the Ukraine, this may be of interest to World War II buffs. My husband Jerry Waller was, for two and a half years, in the Eighth Air Force in England. Suddenly, a group from his squadron was sent by ship down the coast of France to Gibraltar and across the Mediterranean to Cairo. From there they went by truck and…

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Friendly Elephant Means No Harm, But Is What It Is

Friendly Elephant Means No Harm, But Is What It Is Edition of Thursday-Friday, Oct. 9-10 To the Editor: I want to make it clear that at the public hearing on Monday, Sept. 29, I was not speaking against Bassett Healthcare; I was speaking against the strange and needless effort of village officials to create an Institutional District in place of a Residential District. I did note Bassett’s construction of a massive addition to the original hospital and its construction of…

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Village Of Cooperstown CAN Be A Constructive Partner In Bassett’s Future

Village Of Cooperstown CAN Be A Constructive Partner In Bassett’s Future Edition of Thursday-Friday Oct. 9-10, 2014 To the Editor, I would like to make a small contextual clarification to my published statement made after the no vote on the Hospital Zone. First, I don’t remember saying “forever” (but in the heat of the moment maybe I did). Second, I made that statement out loud to the mayor after I, and I believe Lou Allstadt (possibly others) wanted to have…

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Scots Terrified Establishment, In End, Establishment Won

Scots Terrified Establishment, In End, Establishment Won Edition of Thursday-Friday, Sept. 25-26 Editor’s Note: Cooperstown’s Scott Buchanan, formerly this newspaper’s graphic artist, is living in Scotland. EDINBURG, Scotland Forty-five percent of the electorate in the highest turnout in modern political history voted for change, and didn’t get it. Fifty-five percent voted in fear of change, but change for the worse is what they shall have. The political landscape of the U.K. has been fundamentally changed by the referendum debate. Questions…